OBITUARY

William Gumpy L. Wascher

May 15, 1939January 1, 2017
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Bill, Dad, Gumpy, a man known by many names, passed away on January 1, 2017. He was born in Portland, OR to Leonard F. and Virginia M. Wascher. He grew up in Gearhart, OR, graduating from Seaside High School in 1958.

Bill served his country honorably. His 23 years in the Army included two years in the National Guard and 21 years of Active Duty with two tours in Vietnam, overseas to Germany, (Gelnhausen & Stuttgart), and state-side he was stationed at Fort Polk, LA and Fort Ord, CA. It was in Gelnhausen that he met and married Evelyn O. Anders-Wascher and became a proud Father to four children. Bill retired from the Army in 1979 and moved his family to Vancouver, WA where he lived for 37 years, working at Fort Vancouver Plywood Mill and C-Tran until his retirement in 2005.

Bill enjoyed traveling and camping, especially when it involved riding his motorcycle! He was very passionate about helping Combat Veterans and belonged to an organization called C.V.I. (Combat Veterans International). He was actively involved at the Local and National levels. Some of the activities included escorting remains of Fallen Soldiers, riding in the Veterans Day parades, providing security for the traveling Vietnam Wall, and raising money to help support fellow Combat Veterans. He gave his heart and soul to this organization and enjoyed all the friends/Brothers he made along the way.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Evelyn; his children, Tom, Ginny, Tina and Leonard; five grandchildren, Daija and her husband Xavier Hinojosa, Kylie, Jacob, Johanna and Barry; great-grandchild, Adeley; daughter-in-law, Lupe Wascher; and sons-in-law, Robert Maloney and Robert Mauterstock.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Jan. 20, 2017 in Vancouver, WA at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 11a.m., preceded by a Rosary at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Services

  • Rosary Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 20, 2017
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William Gumpy L. Wascher

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Audrey Muller - Hopkins

January 28, 2017

Bill brought his charm to the men and women of CVI. He was always caring about others. That's what I admired about Bill.
May the Family's hearts take in all the love, that people had for Bill.

January 18, 2017

Evie, Ginny, Tommy, Tina, Leonard, I have felt like part of the Wascher family ever since I helped stack wood back in 1989! I'm sending my condolences to all of you and I will miss Gumpy as well at the family dinners and especially his famous clam dip. I'm so happy that Kayla was able to know Gumpy and spend time with him since she never met either of her other Grandpas! We all cherish the time we spent with him and all of his stories. Sending our love! Sheryl, Paul and Kayla

Debra Mondares

January 18, 2017

Evelyn and family...I'm so very sorry for your loss.
I have a wonderful memory of meeting you, Evelyn and Gumpy when I attended the Nationals in Birch Bay with Vickie Holgate...Sgt Pepper was there, too. It was a beautiful evening just sitting around a camp fire enjoying everyone's company. It was a pleasure to meet you both.
May God bless each of you and may Gumpy rest in peace.

Sande and Kevin Godsil

January 16, 2017

May God Bless you and give you Eternal Rest.Until we meet again

January 16, 2017

Ginny and Evelyn, so sorry for your loss. We are in Yuma AZ,for the winter. We have wonderful memories of the motorcycle rides, You are in our prayers. God Bless all the family and we have another special angel looking down on us.

Russ & Penny Monett

January 14, 2017

Sympathy to all the family, we are thinking of all of you. So sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man!

Dayve Taylor

January 13, 2017

Dear Wascher family: Ginny and I graduated from high school together. We also attended Clark College together. I enjoyed visiting your home and being treated to wonderful dinners. I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing Bill is in great company!

Richard Yeates

January 13, 2017

A man of passion and true professionalism. It was an honor to know him.

Kathy Driver

January 12, 2017

Ginny,Sending healing prayers to you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

January 11, 2017

In this very difficult time I feel very close with my heart to all of you. My sincere condolenses.Anna Vihlen